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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Over 600 scanned books added to Family History Archive

The number of books available in ever growing Family History Archive increased by over 600 in last two days to a total of 28,342. Although this number of books is only a very small percentage of the total volumes available in libraries around the country, this is the first time that access to this number of genealogy specific books has been free on the Internet.

Other large collections of digitized books are available from Ancestry.com but access is subject obtaining a subscription or visiting one of the libraries or Family History Centers that have free public access.

Google Books also has a huge catalogue of digitized books including thousands of books relevant to genealogical research. However, not all the books that show up in a Google Books search are actually digitized and online. Most of the books are merely cataloged and possibly available for sale. Project Gutenberg also has a very large selection of digitized books, but only relatively a few are related to genealogy or family history.

1 comment:

  1. James,

    One thing I haven't seen addressed much is how people can make their own books available online and still maintain some degree of control over them.

    I've been working on a site to facilitate this, http://bookscanned.com .

    Users can upload their scanned images, choose how they are licensed (under any of the popular Creative Commons licenses) and flag certain pages as private (eg. if they have info on living people).

    The books people upload are OCRed to make them findable by Google and there are several built in tools for working with your uploaded images including auto enhancement tools, rotating uploaded images, etc.


    It's still at an early stage, but it's free to use.

    If you have any suggestions for how to improve it, I would be happy to hear them.

    Also, don't feel obliged to post this comment, I saw that you had posted about scanned books and couldn't see another way to contact you.

    Thank you,
    Michael Moore

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